The beginning of the year kicks off with the big ball drop in Times Square. There is where you will find Ryan Seacrest hosting on the ABC stage with some of biggest acts in music. A few feet away from Seacrest you can find a private party consisting of a few thousand people bringing in the New Year at the Hard Rock Café. This is where some of those big acts come to perform. Acts such as Gavin DeGrawMelissa EtheridgeCarly Rae JepsenCee-Lo GreenTrain, and American Authors to name a few. And hosting that private party for the last 5 years is none other than the incomparable Kevin Thompson.

GALLERY BELOW| PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL VASQUEZ